Youth Sport: Six Ways for Sports Parents to Set a Great Example
Let me start with this:
Kid’s look up to adults for the example. They learn self-control by watching you display self-control. Like a coach who remains calm and in control, sports parents who exhibit good sideline behavior provide young athletes with an appropriate role model for handling the emotional ups and downs of competition.
1. Don’t only support your child
Try support the entire group or team. Instead of only focusing on your own child, try cheer and compliment the entire team. When you do this, you not only create a positive and healthy environment for your child, but for all.
2. Practice good karma
What goes around comes around. Unless you have something positive to say, don’t talk negatively about other players, parents or coaches in front of kids or others.
3. Don’t put your child on a pedestal
Even if they are the star of the team, kids need to support one another and play as a team. Parents need to do the same. Encourage all, no matter what level they may be.
4. Applaud the other team too
Congratulate any good play. If kids see the adults applauding good plays made by the other team or child, they will be getting a very important message: that the game isn’t such a life-or death thing. It’s about FUN and effort remember?
5. Show Gratitude
Thank everyone who contributed, especially the officials and coaches. Expressions of gratitude go a long way to motivating officials and coaches to continue doing the job they are doing.
6. Reward effort, not the result
The fact your child is out there and doing it, should make you proud enough.